What is Orientation?
Orientation is your opportunity to prepare yourself for the upcoming year. Going to college can be a scary and/or challenging time. Orientation is designed to help students understand what to expect in their first year, both academically and personally. It is also set up to alleviate fears and anxieties, answer questions, and familiarize students with the campus and its available resources. Because our orientations are small in size, students begin to make connections with other new students, staff, faculty, current students, and the campus itself before classes even begin.
Who goes to Orientation?
First-time students of UAA, reentering students (coming back to college after a long break), guests, and parent/guardian(s) are welcome to attend. This is a program for students who are admitted for the upcoming semester, not for students wanting to preview the university.
Is Orientation mandatory?
New Student Orientation is not mandatory; yet your attendance is EXPECTED. Research shows that students who participate in orientation programs are more likely to be successful in college and persevere to graduation.
How much does Orientation cost?
Howl Days Orientation costs $75.00 per student and $25.00 per guest for full day orientations. Refer to the "Register for Orientation" page for luncheons and evening orientations prices. All fees are non-refundable, but if you are unable to attend the orientation date you registered for, we would be happy to reschedule you.
What does my fee cover?
The fee you have paid covers the costs involved to prepare and carry out an orientation program. This includes a meal, materials, accommodations, and expertise of Orientation Leaders. Although some orientations may vary in length, all offer the same level of quality.
Where can I stay if I'm coming from out of town?
The Best Western Golden Lion is closest to campus, call 1-877-935-5466. Other choices include: Spring Hill Suites (1-800-314-0783) and Aspen Hotel (1-907-868-1605).
What should I wear to orientation?
Dress is casual for orientation. Remember comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor wear for the tour.
Where do I park?
Orientation begins in the Student Union, so we recommend that you park in the south lot. Parking is free.
What do I do if I need special accommodations?
You can request special accessibility services or meal requirements through our office at least five days before the orientation that you plan to attend.
What is Virtual Orientation?
Virtual Orientation is an online orientation designed for Distance Education students and students who live out of Anchorage, unable to attend Howl Days orientation. It is not for students 17-21 years of age with fewer than 30 credits.
What is the fee for Virtual Orientation?
There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee.
How do we measure up?
Our orientations receive very high evaluations. Of the 880+ participants who participated in one of our programs this year 93% agreed that Orientation was an enjoyable and worthwhile experience which helped prepare them for starting college in the Fall and gave them a better understanding of what to expect. 91% would also recommend this program to a friend.